Job 8

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1 Then Bildad the Shuhite answered and said: (Job 2:11) 2 “How long will you say these things, and the words of your mouth be a great wind? (1Ki 19:11; Job 15:2) 3 Does God pervert justice? Or does the Almighty pervert the right? (Ge 18:25; De 32:4; 2Ch 19:7; Ezr 9:15; Job 34:12; Da 9:14; Ro 3:5) 4 If your children have sinned against him, he has delivered them into the hand of their transgression. (Job 1:5; Job 1:18) 5 If you will seek God and plead with the Almighty for mercy, (Job 9:15) 6 if you are pure and upright, surely then he will rouse himself for you and restore your rightful habitation. (Ps 7:6; Pr 3:33) 7 And though your beginning was small, your latter days will be very great. (Job 42:12; Jas 5:11) 8 “For inquire, please, of bygone ages, and consider what the fathers have searched out. (De 4:32; De 32:7; Job 15:18) 9 For we are but of yesterday and know nothing, for our days on earth are a shadow. (1Ch 29:15; Job 14:2; Job 17:7; Ps 102:11; Ps 109:23; Ps 144:4; Ec 6:12) 10 Will they not teach you and tell you and utter words out of their understanding? 11 “Can papyrus grow where there is no marsh? Can reeds flourish where there is no water? 12 While yet in flower and not cut down, they wither before any other plant. (Ps 37:2; Ps 129:6) 13 Such are the paths of all who forget God; the hope of the godless shall perish. (Job 13:16; Job 15:34; Job 27:8; Ps 9:17; Pr 10:28; Pr 11:7) 14 His confidence is severed, and his trust is a spider’s web.[1] (Isa 59:5) 15 He leans against his house, but it does not stand; he lays hold of it, but it does not endure. (Job 27:18) 16 He is a lush plant before the sun, and his shoots spread over his garden. (Ps 80:11) 17 His roots entwine the stone heap; he looks upon a house of stones. 18 If he is destroyed from his place, then it will deny him, saying, ‘I have never seen you.’ (Job 7:8; Job 7:10) 19 Behold, this is the joy of his way, and out of the soil others will spring. (1Sa 2:7; Ps 103:16; Ps 113:7) 20 “Behold, God will not reject a blameless man, nor take the hand of evildoers. 21 He will yet fill your mouth with laughter, and your lips with shouting. (Ps 126:2) 22 Those who hate you will be clothed with shame, and the tent of the wicked will be no more.” (Ps 35:26; Ps 109:29; Ps 132:18)